Last weekend saw the International break, with no Premier League action to report on, so we’ve had to survive on speculation to get us through the drought.
The next Spurs game is against Liverpool on Saturday, 15 September at Wembley, and they will return to the national stadium knowing how PSG star Neymar and former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane view the club; an interesting insight as they move into this season’s Champions League fixtures against Europe’s top clubs.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 10, 2018
The Brazil forward was asked at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona event for his thoughts on the title race over this coming season.
“Who will win it? Woah, that’s difficult. It’s very hard, it’s very difficult, but Manchester City will win it. Second will be United, third is Chelsea. Fourth is Tottenham.” (Eurosport)
Spurs fans won’t be happy about that.
Zidane however, has been talking about how they approached playing Spurs on the way to Champions League glory last season. Real Madrid finished second in their group behind Tottenham but went on to beat Liverpool in the final. Asked about the challenge presented by Spurs, he said:
“They’re a good young team – well-balanced and very committed. We didn’t manage to get our game going or deal with the periods where we were on the back foot. Ultimately, however, that poor performance helped to make us stronger, as we made sure that we learned lessons from it as a team.” (UEFA)
So, much better news for Spurs supporters.
Spurs Transfer Rumours – Will Ajax prove fruitful once again?
Christian Eriksen, Dávinson Sánchez and Jan Vertonghen have all trodden the path from Amsterdam to north London, and now Spurs has been linked with Frenkie de Jong, Ajax’s latest young talent, who is priced at £40 million.
In the three matches De Jong has started this season, Ajax have won them all, scoring 10 in total, conceding none. In the game he didn’t start, they drew. The central midfielder has also been linked with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.
Frenkie de Jong = 🦁!!
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) September 6, 2018
But with Ajax back in the Champions League, the Dutch club are under no pressure to sell especially as good performances against Bayern Munich, AEK Athens and Benfica could boost the 21-year-old’s price further.
Meanwhile, Vertonghen expects Spurs to extend his current contract, which expires at the end of the season, until 2020, saying “I think they will take up the option.” (Evening Standard)
[@SunSport] now understands Tottenham Hotspur are on the brink of extending defender Jan Vertonghen’s contract.
— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) September 8, 2018
On the injury front, further concern over Victor Wanyama.
The Kenya international, captain of his country, was called up for the Afcon qualifier against Ghana despite struggling with a knee problem, but he was deemed not fit to travel. The 27-year-old is yet to feature for Spurs this season, and missed large parts of the last campaign with hamstring and cartilage injuries. Wanyama was an unused substitute in the recent defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.
Following international duty, Spurs players return to London for their next match against Liverpool at Wembley on the 15th September, followed by two away matches against Brighton and Huddersfield on the 22nd and 29th September respectively.